How can I prepare for the season?
You are expected to arrive to tryouts in top shape. Start working out NOW. Senior Workouts will go on this summer, and all prospective players (incoming 9th graders through rising seniors) are encouraged to attend. See Wootton Field Hockey Facebook Group for dates and times, or email a coach. All experience/fitness levels welcome!
Call Visit our private team blog, Woottonfieldhockey.wordpress.com, and enter the password (ask a coach or a senior for it). Obtain weekly workouts and comment to share your times and progress. Out of shape? Don’t worry—just do the best you can. You will see an improvement as long as you stay dedicated to your workouts. We are not looking for champion athletes—we are looking for tough girls who are not afraid of a challenge, and who don’t give up on themselves or anyone else.
I need a ride to tryouts (and practices and scrimmages)!
We have a wonderful network of parent drivers who help us with transportation. If you need a ride to tryouts, call Coach Blandamer or Coach Stroot. She will put your parent/guardian in touch with another parent who is organizing carpools. And, if your parent can help drive girls to/from tryouts or practice, please let us know that as well! As for rides home, this should also be pre-arranged (again, call a coach; we can help you with this), or your parents should pick you up. Please communicate any transportation difficulties; we want to work with you!
I have never even HEARD of field hockey! Does it matter that I have no experience?
Not at all! We will teach you what you need to know—all you need to bring is work ethic and a great attitude!
What should I bring to tryouts?
ALL REQUIRED FORMS must be brought on the first day; you may not participate without them. No exceptions. Find these forms on the home page under “Required Forms to Download” (in the red bar on the left side of the page). Email or call Coach Blandamer or Coach Stroot with questions. NOTE: The “Physical Form” must be completed by your doctor. (It's okay if you ahve least year's form; it will be accepted for the 2012-2013 school year). If you show up without completed forms, you will not be permitted to try out until you bring them. This may have an effect on your making the team.
What if it’s raining, or REALLY hot during tryouts?
If practice or a game is canceled, delayed, etc., we will send out an email to the LISTSERVE (be sure to join: send an email to email@example.com). Generally, we play and practice in the rain (unless there is thunder and lightning). Code Orange and Red affect tryouts differently—we will not likely cancel., but we may shorten a workout, and we will certainly take more frequent water breaks and rest for longer periods. Never assume practice or a game is canceled--always check the listserv when in doubt. If nothing is emailed an hour before start time, practice is on as scheduled! In the case of inclement weather, we may cancel, postpone, or move practice indoors, depending on the availability of space. This decision is made by our athletic director, Mr. Chris Thompson, and then communicated to us.
I will be out of town for part of tryouts/I have to work/I have another obligation. Can I still tryout?
Incoming freshmen: Yes! While this is not ideal, please communicate with the coaches so we know you are interested. Let us know when you will be back in the area. We’ll do our best to work with you, but please understand that while you are away, others will have been working hard to secure a spot on the team, and your absence may affect your making the team. Ideally, you will want to work your schedule to allow you to attend all tryout sessions and scrimmages.
Returners: No. You are familiar with the schedule, and are expected to be in town for the first official day of tryouts, August 13th.
My doctor’s office has no appointments before tryouts. How can I get my Physical Form completed?
Please don’t let a busy doctor's office keep you from trying out--go to a local walk-in clinic, like the Minute Clinic at CVS, or the one in Gaithersburg at the intersection of 355 and Shady Grove Road, to get a physical. Bring your own paperwork, found on the Woottonfieldhockey website. The Gaithersburg clinic also allows you to call ahead and reserve a spot in line that day, and they take most forms of insurance. Visit the clinic’s website at www.alldayclinic.com.
I’m really shy and nervous! How can I get over this?
We’re nice—we promise! J Feel free to bring as many friends to tryouts as you like—it’s always easier when you have a familiar face with you! Also, all players new to the program will be paired with a nurturing “Big Sis.” This junior or senior Varsity field hockey player will be by your side all during tryouts and into the season. She’ll answer any questions you have, encourage you, and make you feel comfortable along the way!
I’m also interested in another sport. Can I play two sports in the fall?
No, you must choose one sport to play per season. To make your decision, we suggest that you talk to the coaches of both teams. If you try out for another sport and decide you don’t like it (or get cut) you are welcome to come try out for field hockey later! Just know that the longer you wait, the less space we might have available.
What is the field hockey time commitment during the school year?
We expect that you will be very dedicated to field hockey once you have made the team. You can plan on two hours of practice every day, including a pre-practice run and stretch. These practices will be held at Wootton on the upper field from 3-5, with a warm-up run and stretch starting at 2:30 on the track. Please see the “Team Calendar” link on the website for related info. We will also often practice on Saturdays, usually in the morning (usually 8-10am, though this can change). You will be expected to attend all practices and games, on time, and in their entirety. Missing practice or leaving early once or twice during the season for a doctor’s appointment or otherwise unreschedulable event is okay, but other regularly-scheduled weekly or bi-weekly activities (such as academic tutoring, music lessons, babysitting, playing a club sport during field hockey season, etc.) are not acceptable. If this is your situation, field hockey is not for you. Saturday practices are a bit more loose in terms of attendance requirements, although we expect that your commitment to the program will inspire you to attend those practices unless you absolutely cannot change your Saturday morning plans. Usually Saturdays are Varsity-only practices, although sometimes JV will be asked to attend as well.
Have a question that’s not answered here?
As long as it doesn’t involve balancing a checkbook, there is a good chance that Coach Blandamer can answer it. (If you want to know how to balance your checkbook, you will need to ask Coach Stroot.) Feel free to call or email either of us at any time:
Varsity Coach Kearney Blandamer: 240-483-8693 (cell). Kearneyfrancis@yahoo.com
JV Coach Lesley Stroot: 240-447-7364 (cell). LesleyStroot@yahoo.com